Major Gift Officer

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Fort Collins, COLORADO
Deadline: 29 Aug 2022

Posting Details
Posting Detail Information

Working Title Major Gift Officer
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Research Professional Position No
Posting Number 202201228AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title Prof/Indiv Contrib II
Number of Vacancies 1
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range $55,000-$65,000
Employee Benefits
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Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 08/29/2022
Description of Work Unit
The Colorado State University Department of Athletics sponsors 16 men’s and women’s intercollegiate sports and competes as a member of the NCAA Division I-FBS and the Mountain West Conference. The University is located in Fort Collins, Colorado, 65 miles north of Denver. More information on the University and its intercollegiate athletics program can be found at and
Position Summary
Under the general supervision of the Senior Associate Athletic Director/Chief Development Officer, this position is responsible for the development and execution of a comprehensive strategy of programs and efforts to increase philanthropic support for the Ram Club, to sell and promote the sale of premium tickets for Colorado State University Athletics events, and to develop general engagement activities for alumni and the community with a focus on cultivating major gifts.
Required Job Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, communications, liberal arts, sciences, non-profit management/public administration or related field.
  • Minimum of three years of full-time progressive, results-oriented professional experience in sales/fundraising/marketing or related work experience, preferably in an intercollegiate athletics department and/or university/higher education environment
  • Demonstrated skill in developing and achieving sales/fundraising oriented goals
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with internal and external constituencies
  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship-building and oral/written/electronic communication skills
  • Development or related experience, preferably at a NCAA Division I member institution
  • Understanding of higher education and university operation
  • Proven ability as self-starter and problem solver
  • Proficiency with technology and social media to enhance efficiency
  • Proven ability to relate well to coaches, student-athletes, donors and other constituency groups
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date
Preferred Job Qualifications
  • Development or sales experience, including demonstrated experience and success with raising major gifts/revenue
  • Capital and comprehensive fundraising campaign experience
  • Experience with scholarship solicitation and stewardship
  • Donor event planning experience
  • Experience with donor database (e.g. Advance)
Diversity Statement
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Prospecting
•Identifies and qualifies alumni and friends interested and capable of higher end annual giving and/or purchasing tickets with an emphasis on Premium Seating
Percentage Of Time 15
Job Duty Category Portfolio Management
•Oversees a portfolio of at least 100 prospects for the purpose of developing higher end annual giving, premium ticket sales and event participation 
•Completes contact reports, offers strategy and produces briefing papers for university personnel involved in the cultivation of prospects
•Be responsible for attaining yearly fundraising goals for major gifts categories (premium seating, capital projects, endowments and planned giving); assist in the development of specific fundraising goals and sound strategies to achieve those goals focused on growing private support for the athletics department
•Oversee the cultivation, stewardship and solicitation of assigned prospects
•Promote major gift opportunities aligned with the priorities and strategic plan identified by the Department and the University
Percentage Of Time 10
Job Duty Category Personal Visits
•Meets annual metrics to initially include a minimum of 15 personal visits/month and 2 proposals/month 
•Uses university network to engage with current and perspective donors for both one on one and group donor cultivation events 
•Sets individual meetings with perspective donors to grow the RamClub membership 
•Engages perspective RamClub members, season tickets holders, and capital gift participants with initial one on one meetings to further develop support for CSU Athletics
Percentage Of Time 50
Job Duty Category Engagement/Events
•Develops and facilitates monthly Happy Hours and hosting of CSU Athletics watch parties. 
•Works CSU home athletics events to initially include all home football games and multiple basketball games and other events defined as mandatory 
•Identifies events and causes with relation to athletics interests and executes/facilitates presence at the events.
Percentage Of Time 25

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants
To apply upload a cover letter which addresses the minimum and preferred qualifications as well as the essential job duties, a resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License
Search Contact Katie Abrahamson;
EEO Statement
Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity and equal access institution and affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.
The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, .
The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, .
The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, .
Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education .
Background Check Policy Statement
Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks for the finalist before a final offer. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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